Memorial for police officers killed in line of duty held in Grants Pass

Grants Pass Police Memorial. (Alexander Mesadieu/KTVL)

GRANTS PASS, Ore.- Police officers, widows, citizens, and troopers gathered on Tuesday at the Josephine County Courthouse to remember the officers who died in the line of duty.

Josephine County Sheriff, Dave Daniel read the names of fallen peace officers, included was the name of his former co-worker and mentor Deputy Thomas Rice.

"It chokes you up a little bit, Deputy Tom Rice was a friend of mine, a mentor, somebody I could look up to in my early career just to see how good police work's done." said Daniel.

Sounds Unlimited, a musical group from Grants Pass High, sung an Irish blessing.

A pastor ended the speaking portion of the event with a ceremonial prayer for the families of those who have had a loved one die in the line of duty, for the souls of the fallen officers, and for protection for the police force of Josephine County.

Josephine County is fifth in the state with regards to officers killed on the line of duty behind only Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Multonomah County, and Lane County.

When asked why he thinks that so many police officers have passed on in Josephine County, Sheriff Daniel said,

"I don't have an answer for that, I don't know. It's just an unfortunate statistic."

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